Hezbollah's Wafiq Safa on sudden visit to UAE


Wafiq Safa, the head of Hezbollah's Liaison and Coordination Unit, arrived Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates on a sudden visit, following around 10 years of animosity and severed ties between the two sides.

Al-Akhbar newspaper quoted prominent political sources as saying that the visit is “exclusively related to the file of the (Shiite) detainees in the UAE.”

“This visit comes after a long course of negotiations that started around six months ago,” the sources said.

While Safa is supposed to return from the UAE today, the sources said there are reports that he might bring the released detainees with him.

“The communication channels were opened between the UAE and Hezbollah following a mediation by a regional country, knowing that Lebanese security officials had exerted efforts with their Syrian counterparts and with the Iraqi government so that they mediate with the UAE to wrap up this file,” al-Akhbar said.

According to media reports, a private Emirati plane carried Safa from Beirut’s airport, accompanied by two people.

An informed source meanwhile told al-Joumhouria newspaper that “Safa’s visit reflects major political openness between the UAE and Hezbollah that is expected to have very important results at the level of the relation between the UAE and Hezbollah and particular and between Hezbollah and the GCC countries in general.”

The crisis between the two sides had started with the eruption of the Yemen war and deepened with the UAE’s arrest of around 10 Lebanese Shiite who were working in the wealthy Gulf country.

Comments 3
Missing youssefhaddad 20 March 2024, 18:13

Sold out by the Iranian regime, Hezbollah might be looking for a compromise before things get seriously bad.

Thumb gebran_sons 20 March 2024, 19:14

It is deeply insulting that Iran's Foreign Legion (Hizbollah), after occupying, bankrupting and sucking the life out of Lebanon, assassinating Lebanon's best, desecrating our culture and traditions; transforming our land into an Iranian rocket base; yes, this criminal militia is negotiating our future instead of our government. No more greater humiliation! Mikati & army chief should resign immediately for their incompetence! Let us liberate our country and put all these thugs in prison. Our kids deserve a better future. Freedom now or never!

Thumb SheikYerbouti 20 March 2024, 20:01

Nice selfie! Is he is about to launch his own TikTok channel?